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Friday, May 3, 2013

happy things: the 2013 volkswagen beetle convertible

I am a convertible girl. Fresh out of college I drove a vintage white Cabriolet with a manual roof that was ridiculously difficult to open. I've also owned a BMW (vintage 325i convertible), Saab (vintage 900 convertible) and a Volvo (very old, brown and basically a tank). For the past 5 years I've driven a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and of all the cars I've ever driven, the Beetle Convertible is the most fun I've had.

Recently we had a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible to review for a week. The body style is definitely different than the former model. It's sleeker, like a Beetle + a Porsche merged into this new version of the classic Beetle body. I've heard that the new body was designed to appeal more to the male market as the Beetle Convertible is often referred to as a 'chick car.' I don't feel that way about my 2003 Beetle or this new Beetle. My husband looks quite at home driving this car. It suits anyone happy!

Our review car was the 50's Special Edition (also available in 60's and 70's special editions). With chrome mirror caps and 17" Heritage Alloy wheels, the shiny black exterior with beige leather interior was classic and clean, appealing to both L. and me. Our model featured a 2.5L, 170 hp 5-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode for $26,095.

The first thing I did when I got in the car was put the top down. Just one push of the button and the top quietly went back and tucked itself in. The seats were comfortable and supportive with good room in the backseat for passengers (or a dog crate!) The cup holders were solid and the stereo system came with a Media Interface Device that allowed me to connect to my iPod. This edition also came Bluetooth ready. See the rest of the features of the 2013 Special Edition Volkswagen Beetle here

The car is zippy and fun to drive. It's hard not to be happy with the wind and sunshine blowing through your hair while listening to your favorite music.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend. Go for a long drive and have a wonderful time with someone you love!

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